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* Todd Schill Named Dean of Residence Life
Todd Schill Named Dean of Residence Life
Todd Schill has been appointed to serve as dean of residence life, following a national search. In his new role, Schill will plan, direct, coordinate, and administer the daily operations of residence life and is responsible for providing support for students through the Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students (CLASS) initiative.

Schill also will work to implement strategic plans, set department goals, monitor progress, and will serve as a resource and adviser for students. Additional responsibilities include serving as a liaison between the public, internal departments, and prospective students.

“The CLASS initiative is a residential college model at Rensselaer that will integrate academic and student life initiatives in support of student academic success, while enhancing mentoring, community building, and experiential opportunities for student growth and development,” said Eddie Ade Knowles, vice president for student life. “Todd brings to Rensselaer a wealth of experience in higher education and residence life that will add great value to our efforts.

“Rensselaer is a place where high standards of intellectual integrity and scholarship are practiced; and teaching, research, and public life are valued. I look forward to being a part of the campus and local community.” — Todd Schill

His appointment adds momentum to the CLASS initiative as we are focused on providing students with a greater sense of belonging and community at Rensselaer, and instilling intellectual curiosity outside of the classroom.”

“I was very interested in the position at Rensselaer because of the fine reputation of the Institute, students, and faculty, and the accomplishments made across campus as a result of The Rensselaer Plan, as well as the emphasis on Division III athletics,” said Schill. “Rensselaer is a place where high standards of intellectual integrity and scholarship are practiced; and teaching, research, and public life are valued. I look forward to working with the students, faculty, staff, and being a part of the campus and local community.”

Schill has been working in the field of higher education for more than 35 years. Prior to Rensselaer, he served as associate vice president for student affairs and executive director of housing and residence life at Tulane University. In serving a population of nearly 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students, he contributed to the university’s efforts to rebuild and focus on its future growth in New Orleans. He also worked with colleagues to develop a strategic plan focused on the creation of a residential college system and new dining facilities.

Over the years, Schill has held several other leadership positions at institutions, including associate vice president for student affairs and housing at Emory University, where he also co-taught a Freshman Advising and Mentoring Experience (FAME) seminar for 12 years and designed the Student Activity and Academic Center and Clairmont campus; associate dean of students at Hampden-Sydney College; assistant dean of admissions at the University of Virginia; and assistant director of residential life at Radford University.

He is a member of several professional organizations including the American Association of College and University Housing Officers, American College Personnel Association, and the Society for College and University Planning. Schill received his Ph.D. in education from the University of Virginia. He earned a master’s in education and a bachelor’s in history from the University of Vermont.

“Todd’s understanding of CLASS will truly help us to tie the initiative and other Student Life programming to residence life,” said Tom Tarantelli, acting assistant vice president for student life and director of the Career Development Center. “Our goal is to connect students to the supportive network of faculty, staff, and upperclassman who will address the needs of the whole student on multiple fronts, from personal development and individual growth to professional and leadership development. I am confident that Todd will help us to make the student life experience at Rensselaer livelier and more engaging than ever.”

“Todd’s experience and enthusiasm make him a great addition to the Student Life team and Rensselaer community,” said Lisa Trahan, assistant vice president of the student experience. “He will serve as a key player in the continued rollout of the CLASS initiative. I am thrilled Todd has joined Rensselaer and look forward to a partnership in creating new student development programs for our students.”

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